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|India’s generous foreign aid assistance programme|
|Friday, 28 December 2012 20:45|
In over four and a half decades of friendly relations, Guyana has benefited tremendously
through assistance from India and this undoubtedly has tangibly contributed to this country’s developmental process.
India has been providing financial and technical assistance and scholarships for further development of professional skills to this country in a most generous manner, despite having to cope with its own internal socio-economic, political and terrorist problems and other historic challenges.
And now the Indian High Commission here has announced the doubling of the number of scholarships being offered for undergraduate, post- graduate and doctoral studies in universities and institutions in India. The number of scholarships for academic year 2013-2014 offered is nine, this is up from four in previous years and according to the High Commission, this is because of the large number of applications that the Commission has been receiving.
The Government and people of Guyana will certainly be grateful for this increased scholarship allocation as it will help significantly with the enhancement of our professional skills which is one of the major challenges we face as a result of a high level of migration.
The Government of Guyana has been receiving much support from the Indian Government. Under the Indian line of credit, Guyana has benefited for various projects and this includes assistance for the construction of the Specialty Hospital at Liliendaal and for the Guyana National Stadium at Providence which was also built by an Indian firm, Shapoorji Pallonji and Company.
Under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, Guyana has been receiving technical assistance in the fields of agriculture, science and technology and culture.
What is notable about India’s assistance to Guyana is that it is free of strings and demands, unlike what is offered by some countries which are much more developed and wealthier.
This is clear demonstration of India’s commitment to friendly relations and a willingness to share its remarkable scientific and technological and economic achievements since it broke the shackles of colonialism over six decades ago.
But India has not been helping Guyana only.It has also been helping many developing countries in Africa and Asia through generous lines of credit. African countries are currently benefiting from a US$4.5 million facility to improve their infrastructure.
In the area of biodiversity, India has been actively providing help to its fellow developing countries to meet their conservation goals.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in October this year pledged money for helping developing countries meet conservation goals at the United Nations summit on biodiversity which conservationists and policymakers have applauded.
Not so much for the amount – which, at $50 million for two years, was just a fraction of total global spending on biodiversity – but for what it meant in a world where conserving nature is an activity largely financed by the West.
“That’s a great initiative,” said Lasse Gustavsson, conservation director of the World Wide Fund for Nature. “It won’t go far, but you’re now seeing this tendency for strong leadership on conservation from the emerging economies.”
So India has been adopting a true internationalist position in its foreign policy which many rich countries would do well to emulate. Unfortunately, many rich countries have been wasting finance on senseless wars, while many people throughout the globe are going hungry and homeless.
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